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Truth Will Prevail

WHY I WAS CONDEMNED


LUIZ INÁCIO LULA DA SILVA

“That’s my man right there . . . love this guy . . .The most popular politician on earth.”
—Barack Obama (2009)


“Where there is hunger there is no hope. There is only desolation and pain. Hunger nurtures violence and fanaticism. A world where people starve will never be safe.” —Lula


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One of the great populist leaders of the left, Lula—together with Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn and Andrés Manuel López Obrador—reignited a worldwide movement of progressives. After serving as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2011, and on the verge of starting his candidacy for the 2018 election (which he was favored to win), Lula was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison, convicted of “passive corruption.”

The champion of a national movement that united the middle class and working class in what came to be known as “Lulism,” Lula was Brazil’s first working-class president; the first president to have no university degree; the only president to democratically complete two terms in office; and the only elected president followed by a successor who was also elected by direct popular vote. In public opinion polls, he is recognized by 50% of the population as the best president Brazil has ever had. Backed by organized labor, Lulism confronted issues of mass poverty without espousing revolution.

What does he stand for? Why did the Workers’ Party lose power after the re-election of Dilma Rousseff? What now for Lula, and Brazil? In Truth Will Prevail, Lula discusses his vision in detail.

208 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-682191-77-4 • E-book 978-1-682191-78-1

About the Author

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, internationally known as Lula, is a former president of Brazil. He was one of the founders of the Workers’ Party (PT), of which he is the current honorary president. He has received more than 300 awards and honors in Brazil and abroad, among them the Global Statesman Award of the World Economic Forum in Davos, UNESCO’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, and the Roosevelt Institute’s Four Freedoms Prize. In 2018, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, recipient of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to the Argentine dictatorship, nominated Lula for the Nobel Peace Prize, writing that “throughout his social commitments to trade unions and as a politician, [he has] developed public policies to overcome hunger and poverty in his country.”